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Wow, another great Record Store Day has come and gone. Thanks so much to everyone that came out! Thanks to all the bands that played! Thanks to HALF ACRE BEER, DARK MATTER COFFEE and INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE for the goodies!

As usual we sold out of a lot of titles early, but we still have a fair amount left too. Follow the link for a list of what's left. You can also use RSD 2018 as a search term to locate items as well. We always try to have accurate inventory information but it can be a little wonky after RSD. We will do our best to keep the list of what we have accurate.

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ABRAMS, JOSHUA
Excavations 1
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Feeding Tube
Chicago string legend JOSHUA ABRAMS presents 'Excavations 1' on BYRON COLEY's Feeding Tube imprint. A free bass solo LP with much gnarlier tones than what he he normally demonstrates in a group setting. Here, ABRAMS pushes the sound into new realms and new sound palettes, freeing the bass from its accepted role. EXCELLENT.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $23.99

HOWLIN RAIN
Alligator Bride
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Silver Current
Ethan Miller is a busy man. If he's not shredding with COMETS ON FIRE or HERON OBLIVION, he's jamming with his more rootsy project HOWLIN RAIN. These tunes are all about keeping it "loose" ala 70's GRATEFUL DEAD, ALLMAN BROTHERS, & CSNY all with the taste level of Miller's other projects.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $18.99

HEADS
Rkt! (3lps)
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Rooster
3LP compilation of previously released material from these UK psych rockers. Their first 3 releases for the Rocket label are featured here including their first split 7" & the Sessions 2 12" from 2002.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $29.99

TOMB MOLD
Manor Of Infinite Forms
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20 Buck Spin
Highly anticipated second album from Canada's TOMB MOLD sees them on a new, higher-profile label in 20 Buck Spin & with good reason. TOMB MOLD's style of death metal has something for all death fiends, be it the chainsaw-style, Swedish guitar buzz, ultra low vocals, mid-tempo BOLT THROWER stomps or chaotic blasting. The songs also tend to hover in the five to six minute mark, letting the songs decompose at a pace that doesn't feel rushed. A very strong effort!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99

KISSISSIPPI
Sunset Blush
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Self
Self-released album from Philly's KISSISSIPPI comes after the band was signed to SideOneDummy Records & that label downsized their roster. Not retaining this strong pop band was a mistake in our opinion. Fans of COURTNEY BARNETT or BEACH SLANG check it out!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $27.99

NYONI, MIKE & BORN FREE
My Own Thing
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Now Again
Super fancy collection of '70s recordings by Zambian guitarist & songwriter MIKE NYONI, as well as tracks recorded with his band BORN FREE (who you might remember from Now Again's "Welcome to Zamrock" comp). Funky Zamrock for fans of RIKKI ILILONGA or PAUL NGOZI.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $51.99

SNAIL MAIL
Lush
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Matador
"Lush" is the debut album by the 18 year old phenom Lindsey Jordan. She was born & raised in Baltimore & currently lives in Brooklyn. It's crazy enough that Jordan has released a debut this good at her age, but she's also a fantastic guitar player. Some of the playing is fairly straightforward, but she chooses interesting chords & she sounds like a vet. Her songs have a youthful exuberance, but there's an almost frustrating (frustrating in that this reviewer remembers how bad his songs at 18 were) maturity to them. Think Kurt Vile, HOP ALONG, Courtney Barnett, Julie Byrne, etc... AN AMAZING DEBUT.
Available at: Broadway
New LP $18.99

STETSON, COLIN
Hereditary (soundtrack)
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Milan
The 2018 movie "Hereditary" is easily the most hyped horror films in a few years & based on the early reviews, that hype is valid. The extremely talented saxophone player (and former ARCADE FIRE member) Colin Stetson composed the score to the film & the music he has created is creepy in its own right. Using instruments like bass clarinet & contrabass along with his trademark style of muscular sax playing that involves cyclical breathing technique & singing while playing, Stetson has created a terrifying score that hints at classic horror scores of the 70's & 80's while still sounding fresh. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $29.99

SECOND DIRECTION
Four Corners (2lp) Steps Ahead
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Sonorama
Very cool reissue of this jazz-fusion-funk library- music LP, which was assembled by saxophonist & flutist FRITZ MUNZER in 1976. This two-LP set contains not only the "Four Corners" LP, but also six tracks from the project's unreleased 1978 follow up, "Steps Ahead!"
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $34.99

BONET, KADHJA
Childqueen (indie-exclusive) (colored Vinyl)
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Fat Possum
This second album by KADHJA BONET is lumped into the Soul section simply because her sound is rooted in that lush, '70s, symphonic-soul sound, but BONET (who also played most of the music on "Childqueen") is a classically-trained violinist & the chamber-pop aspect of her music shouldn't be overlooked.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

EXPRESS RISING
Fixed Rope Ii
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Numero Group
Dante Carfanga is back with his EXPRESS RISING project. "Fixed Rope" is a collection of beautiful ambient pieces all mostly drenched in a healthy amount of reverb. The EXPRESS RISING records all have that "soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist" vibe to them & this one is no different. Short songs that all have a sense of longing to them, made with mostly guitar, drum machine & piano. Fans of everything from ELUVIUM to David Axelrod to EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY will approve.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99

MCCLELLAN, SAM
Music Of The Five Elements (reissue)
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Seance Center
First ever vinyl reissue for this fantastic & peaceful 1982 album of self-proclaimed "healing music" by Sam McLellan. The music is based on the Chinese philosophy of acupuncture & the whole album flows together naturally using fingerstyle guitar ala Robbie Basho & Jim O'Rourke, Chinese flute & even some drone elements. This reminds us a lot of the mellower side of POPOL VUH. Recommended!
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $26.99

FORMAN, JOANNE
Cave Vaults Of The Moon
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Seance Center
Back in 1987 Joanne Forman composed this music for an exhibit of sculptures in Mexico. The music was played at the exhibit then more or less disappeared until now. Using a variety of 80's synths, flute & guitar, Forman created a futuristic soundtrack for sculptures that were created by fictional aliens on the moon. It's easy to imagine this fantastic alien race going living their lives on the moon with this music floating in the air. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $26.99

TANCRED
Nightstand (180grm Green Vinyl)
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Polyvinyl
"Nightstand" is the 2018 album from Jess Abbott aka TANCRED. This one is maybe a little softer than "Out of the Garden" which allows for Abbott's songwriting prowess to really shine. Fans of the last one, 90's alt rock ala WEEZER & THE BREEDERS, HOP ALONG & BEST COAST will love.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

JOAN OF ARC
1984' (yellow Vinyl)
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Joyful Noise
The talented Chicago artist (and sweetest girl on the planet) Melina Ausikaitis started performing as an a cappella singer a few years back. Sometimes she'd perform with a fake guitar that is just a chunk of wood shaped like a guitar without any strings. Soon after she joined JOAN OF ARC & has been a member ever since. "1984" is an album of those a cappella songs with JOAN OF ARC backing her up & it's wonderful. Melina's songs are more like short stories or journal entries & the musical accompaniment has a mostly improvised, sound collage vibe that reminds us of the early BOOKS albums. Anybody that's followed JOAN OF ARC should be comfortable with the group pushing the boundaries of their sound & they've truly gone as far out as possible this time. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

BOZULICH, CARLA
Quieter (w/ Poster)
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Constellation
2018 album by the prolific avant-garde artist Carla Bozulich. After experiencing some ear damage on tour recently, Bozulich began going through old recordings & not surprisingy found herself focusing on quieter music. With some help from Marc Ribot (who wrote the song they perform together), Sarah Lipstate aka NOVELLER & a few others, Bozulich continues to push the boundaries of contemporary "pop" music. Fans of Kate Bush, Bjork, Patti Smith, Tom Waits etc... will approve.
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $19.99

CONNECTIONS
Foreign Affairs (red Vinyl)
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Trouble in Mind
"Foreign Affairs" is the 4th album by the Columbus, Ohio group. The band got their start as the first non GUIDED BY VOICES band on Rockathon Records & you shouldn't be surprised that they sort of sound like Pollard & the boys. Fantastic melodic guitar rock that makes us think of GBV, The Flying Nun label, ARCHERS OF LOAF etc...
Available at: Loop
New LP $14.99

YOB
Our Raw Heart (2lp)
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Relapse
2018 & eighth album from YOB is a triumph on a few levels. One, YOB member MIKE SCHEIDT had a near-death medical emergency that he was able to overcome (& heavily influenced the writing of this album), and two, the album itself, which is likely going to be viewed as a -- if not the -- high point in YOB's discography. The balance & interplay between light & dark on "Our Raw Hearts" is so perfect, alternatingly crushing & soaring, the near-death & triumph rolled into one. Heavy music fans (& doom fans especially) simply cannot afford to miss this one. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Loop
New LP $25.99

SLOW MASS
On Watch
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Land Land
Debut album from Chicago's SLOW MASS is a baker's dozen tracks of intricate post-hardcore, expertly recorded by NEIL STRAUCH. Fans of UNWOUND, SHINER, etc listen up! This is as good as it gets!
Available at: Broadway
New LP $14.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Technicolor Paradise (3lps) Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
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Numero Group
Numero Group tackles the Exotica! & Lounge craze of the 50's & 60's on the very awesome "Technicolour Paradise" collection. The music is often a mix of jazz & easy listening with appropriations of music from Hawaii & the Pacific, the Caribbean & Africa with beautiful (often barely clothed) women in wild, exotic locations on the covers. Lounge & exotica! had a major resurgence in the late 90's & early 2000s because of the Incredibly Strange Music books & few pretty solid compilations that were released at the time but as they often do, Numero goes a few steps deeper & has dug up some really great loungey nuggets for us. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $39.99

BROWNOUT
Fear Of A Brown Planet
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Fat Beats
Brownout, the grammy winning 8-piece, is back with 12 soulful, funky tracks inspired by the sample wizardry of the BOMB SQUAD!!! interpolating & replaying tracks from Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet. There's no carelessness here, the band's affection for the source material is palpable. Still there's no lack of fun to be had here, & the tracks aren't treated with any preciousness. If you're into Budos, or Menahan, or you had a good time with El Michels Affair & their take on 36 Chambers, you'll probably love this.
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $15.99

CASKET LOTTERY
Moving Mountains (reissue, Orange Vinyl)
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Run for Cover
2018 reissue of this legendary album from 2000!! This is the band's second album & saw them light years ahead of both their peers & themselves (as compared to their first LP). Ex-members of COALESCE playing emo with balls. An absolute classic album!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

CASKET LOTTERY
Survival Is For Cowards (reissue) ("blood Red" Vinyl)
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Run for Cover
2018 reissue of this amazing, third CASKET LOTTERY album. At the time (2002) this was the band's last album before they broke up (they released another LP in 2012) & saw them darker & heavier than ever, but still perfectly melodic & "emo." A true punk classic!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

WOODEN SHJIPS
V. (blue Vinyl, Ltd. Ed.)
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Thrill Jockey
Get out your flip-flops & cut-off jean shorts because WOODEN SHJIPS have just delivered the soundtrack to your stoney summer. This is the first album in about 5 years from the 'SHJIPS & it's a little slower & little happier, sort of like when you've been blazed out in the summer sun for too long. Heavy bass & guitar solos with plenty of delay, "V." is a record that we've been wanting to hear in 2018. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Broadway
New LP $19.99

WHITE, PAUL
Rejuvenate
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R&S
2018 album from PAUL WHITE isn't what you'd expect from a producer probably best known for his frequent collaborations with DANNY BROWN. Then again, seeing as how it's PAUL WHITE, you should expect the un- expected. Eschewing from sampling, beats, etc, WHITE played all of the instruments on this mish-mash of neo-soul & psychedlic pop, all with a solid bass groove. So, this isn't hip-hop whatsoever, but WHITE commands the groove so well this will appeal to fans of his varied, previous work, provided you have an open mind. Vocals appear on two tracks each from DENAI MOORE, SHUNGUDZO & WHITE's sister, SARAH WILLIAMS WHITE! GOOD GOOD GOOD!!!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $22.99

SEVEN DAYS OF SAMSARA
Seven Days Of Samsara 1998-2018 (2lp) (random Color Vinyl)
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Self
Double-LP, complete discography collection from Milwaukee's SEVEN DAYS OF SAMSARA! Chaotic, swirling hardcore & they were completely insane live. This has everything they recorded & released, plus some live & unreleased material! R.I.P. SEVEN DAYS OF SAMSARA.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99

TENEMENT
Smother Me In Hugs (soundtrack)
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Malokul
Wisconsin's TENEMENT started to branch out on their excellent 2015 double-LP "Predatory Headlights," scored the 2017 film "Proxy" & have again spread their composing wings to score "Smother Me in Hugs," a Columbia University thesis film by ERIC SCHUMAN. This is mostly avant-garde-ish, instrumental music appropriate for a film score, but the band goes back to their power-pop-fuzz roots on "Don't Let Them Tell You," a great song if there ever was one. Part of us wishes that TENEMENT would just put out another power- pop album, but seeing what they're capable of outside of that world is stunning.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

RUBY KARINTO
Ruby Karinto
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Hozac
This guitar-less band makes no bones about their clear ESG & DELTA 5 influence, but their Moog-laced dance- art-punk is, in the words of ROBERT PALMER, simply irresistible!!
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $13.99

SUEVES
R.i.p Clearance Event
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Hozac
Second album of punk 'n' roll from Chicago's SUEVES. This will bash & smash you good, but your toe will still be tapping when you're in a full-body cast.
Available at: Loop
New LP $13.99

F.U.K.
Road Kill Detroit 1977
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Hozac
Another killer entry into Hozac Records' Archival Series! F.U.K. (which clearly means "fuck" but also stands for 'Fucked Up Kids') were comprised of ROGER MILLER (MISSION OF BURMA) & SUE RYNSKI & only ever recorded these two songs. "Road Kill" is an immediate, unearthed classic in the snotty punk vein of BLATZ & the B-side is a more focused, pseudo-futuristic tune.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New 45 $7.99